Links 10/21/2022

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Heaviest Bony Fish Ever Measured Is a Wheel-Shaped Behemoth Scientific American

Dozens of ancient viruses are ‘switched on’ in healthy cells throughout our bodies Live Science

Transition Theory Phenomenal World

Fed Really Having Trouble With This Whole Transparency Thing Dealbreaker

CAPE Ratios by Country (Global Shiller PE Ratios) Siblis Research (DG).


Global CO2 emissions to grow less than 1% this year thanks to renewables- IEA Reuters

Once Cheap, Wind and Solar Prices Are Up 34%. What’s the Outlook? Inside Climate News

Tomorrow’s corals Aeon

Setting Fires to Save the Houston Toad Texas Observer


Estimating SARS-CoV-2 transmission in educational settings: A retrospective cohort study Influenza. From the Abstract: “We analyzed transmission patterns associated with 976 SARS-CoV-2 exposure events, involving 460 positive individuals, as identified in early 2021 through routine surveillance and an extensive screening conducted on students, school personnel, and their household members in a small Italian municipality. In addition to population screenings and contact-tracing operations, reactive closures of class and schools were implemented…. From the analysis of 152 clear infection episodes and 584 exposure events identified by epidemiological investigations, we estimated that approximately 50%, 21%, and 29% of SARS-CoV-2 transmission was associated with household, school, and community contacts, respectively…. From the analysis of 152 clear infection episodes and 584 exposure events identified by epidemiological investigations, we estimated that approximately 50%, 21%, and 29% of SARS-CoV-2 transmission was associated with household, school, and community contacts, respectively.” So much for “parent influencer” Emily Oster.


Beijing’s pivot from market reforms sparks viral debate on economic agenda FT. Commentary:

Yu Yongding: Can China Stabilize Its Economy Without Increasing Central Government Debt? Caixin Global

How revised Chinese law makes Shanghai party chief a hot candidate for role of premier South China Morning Post. After Shanghai’s miserable* and offensive record on Xi’s flagship policy, Zero Covid? Really? NOTE * “[W]hile Beijing’s new positive daily cases in 2022 range from one to three digits (weekly average cases are 115 as of 30 June 2022), Shanghai has seen over 30 000 cases per day during its worst Omicron surges—cases that took the city a 2-month lockdown to control.”

Organized crime-linked group of 100 brawl at Tokyo skyscraper restaurant Japan Times

Dear Old Blighty

Surely not Boris? Runners and riders for next UK prime minister as Liz Truss quits Politico. Commentary:

But wait:

How the Tories Brought Endless Anarchy to the UK John Authers, Bloomberg

Leader: The rout of the libertarians The New Statesman

Liz Truss’s Government Was Brought Down by a Capital Strike Jacobin

European Disunion

EU leaders agree to combat rising energy prices Deutsche Welle

Berlusconi, Caught on Tape Gushing Over Putin, Heightens Anxiety About Italy NYT. Commentary:

Aghastitude ensues.

Spain could be the latest to offer digital nomad visas: What you need to know about this growing trend World Economic Forum. Of course, a “nomad” is still tethered to their country of citizenship in many ways: Passport, banking, etc. Still waiting for “Mr. Lee’s Greater Hong Kong” to emerge!

New Not-So-Cold War

Zelensky accuses Russia of planning false-flag operation at hydroelectric plant The Hill (CI). Commentary:

More on the North Crimean Canal and water war generally (with photos). Who knew there was a Hydropolitics Association, and based in Ankara?

Ukraine war: Ukrainian forces inch closer to Kherson as Russia resumes ‘evacuations’ EuroNews. Looks muddy:

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Ukraine’s civilian army takes aim at Russia as Moscow steps up strikes FT

Ukraine, follow the money Le Monde Diplomatique

Normalizing Nazis. From 2019, still germane:

How soon we forget.

The Caribbean

‘Every day you’re hopeless’: Haitians eye foreign help warily as gangs, cholera outbreak take toll ABC. Cholera was introduced to Haiti by UN “peacekeepers.” So Haitians are right to be wary.

Venezuela opposition parties consider ditching ‘interim government’ FT. Defenestrating Greedo? But why? The deck: “Plan could open way for US oil deal with government of Nicolás Maduro.”

Biden Administration

Lawmakers Looking to Pass $50 Billion in New Ukraine Aid Before Next Congress

Twitter Shares Tumble After US Weighs Reviews for Musk Deals Bloomberg. Musk trying to use The Blob as his catspaw is pretty neat.

Our Famously Free Press

Semafor Is The Problem Defector. Semafor is a media launch, not as cheesy as Grid. Reassuringly, they have a masthead: The Founder and CEO, Justin B. Smith, “is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.” So there you have it!


TikTok Parent ByteDance Planned To Use TikTok To Monitor The Physical Location Of Specific American Citizens Forbes

Texas sues Google for allegedly capturing biometric data of millions without consent Reuters

It was all downhill after the Cuecat Cory Doctorow, Pluralistic


CDC Advisors Endorse Adding COVID Shots to Vax Schedule MedPage

Mayo Warns It Won’t Take Most Medicare Advantage Plans MedPage Today. “Medicare Advantage plans have been under increasing scrutiny and investigation because so many of them have been accused by federal agencies of denying care, exaggerating the severity of illnesses to pull billions more from Medicare, and delaying care with lengthy prior authorization requirements.”

Imperial Collapse Watch

Promoting Stability or Fueling Conflict? The Impact of U.S. Arms Sales on National and Global Security Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

Stop Projecting America’s Democratic Decline Onto the World Foreign Policy

Another ‘Mighty’ stealth fighter (F-35) crashes in Utah Al Mayadeen

The Bridge: Failure to Launch POGO. More on the F-35.

Class Warfare

Railroads reject sick time demands, raising chance of strike AP

Midterm Elections First, Rail Strike Later WSJ. No. Really?

Union Pacific CEO Goes Off the Rails Chasing Profits Bloomberg

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A New Doctors’ Union in the South Is a Model for Health Care Organizing Jacobin

What’s At Stake in the Labor Market? J.W. Mason. Quoting Powell: “We all want to get back to the kind of labor market we had before the pandemic,” “We”?

What Have Workers Done with the Time Freed up by Commuting Less? Liberty Street Economics

Employers’ Productivity Standards Are Not Real Science. Here’s How to Push Back Labor Notes

End of the road (review) Times Literary Supplement. The Passenger, new from Cormac McCarthy.

Antidote du jour (via):

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